Every Airman a Sensor

Airmen have a responsibility in the workplace to help identify colleagues who may be a suicide risk or a victim of a sexual predator, US Air Forces in Europe Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove told airmen at Ramstein AB, Germany, home to USAFE headquarters. “I believe that when an airman, a noncommissioned officer, or officer is having a problem that could eventually end up in a suicide, almost every time, the people around that person will first notice or begin to worry about the possibility the person will hurt himself,” said Breedlove during the Nov. 13 “all call” gathering that he hosted with CMSgt. Craig Adams, USAFE’s command chief. Breedlove called on airmen—both those in uniform and the service’s civilians—to stay alert for signs of someone’s suicidal intentions, according to Ramstein’s Nov. 17 release. He coined this engagement “Every Airman a Sensor.” The same vigilance applies for helping to prevent sexual assault, he said. “Quite frankly we have enough enemies in this world,” said Breedlove. “I think an airman who has the guts to stand up for a fellow airman is a hero,” he added, calling on airmen to “be a hero.” (Ramstein report by Maj Beverly Mock)